Dedicated rottweiler lovers tend to be very kind people. We share our hearts and homes (and for some lucky pups, even the foot of our beds) with our canine pals. Surely there is nothing wrong with sharing our favorite people foods with our rottweilers too, right? Not necessarily. Many of the foods, such as fruits and vegetables, that people digest just fine can wreak havoc on a rottweiler’s body, causing severe health problems. On the other hand, some of the foods people eat can be introduced to a rottweiler’s diet just fine, and even provide health benefits such as joint strength, better breath, and allergy immunity. Rottweilers love to eat. They will eat just about anything you give them. That does not mean that you should feed them just anything.
Before giving your rottweiler foods that you crave, read on and learn which foods are safe, and which can send your rottweiler straight to the emergency vet. And always be mindful that even healthy foods fed in excess can lead to canine obesity, a major health concern for U.S. rottweilers. Always choose quality rottweiler food as your rottweiler’s main diet.
There are plenty of foods that are perfectly ok to share with your rottweiler, but there are also quite a few that could make your rottweiler sick or even die. It is so important to make sure your rottweiler eats a healthy diet. This post will include everything you need to know about foods that are unhealthy for Rottweiler; including suggestions for rottweiler foods.
Unhealthy and Poisonous Foods for Rottweilers
#1. Almonds: Rottweilers shouldn’t eat almonds. Almonds may not necessarily be toxic to rottweilers like macadamia nuts are, but they can block the esophagus or even tear the windpipe if not chewed completely. Salted almonds are especially dangerous because they can increase water retention, which is potentially fatal to rottweilers prone to heart disease.
#2. Xylitol: This is artificial sweetener used in sugarfree gum, sugarfree packets (like for tea or coffee), and sugarfree baking goods. It is also highly toxic to your Rottweiler. Ingesting xylitol can cause your rottweiler’s blood sugar to drop rapidly, causing them to potentially become disoriented or even have seizures. This can occur anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours after ingestion. This can cause liver failure, which can be deadly. If your rottweiler has ingested xylitol, seek immediate medical attention for your rottweiler.
#3. Chocolate: Rottweilers should never eat chocolate. This isn’t just an urban legend. Chocolate contains toxic substances called methylxanthines, which are stimulants that stop a rottweiler’s metabolic process. Even just a little bit of chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. The darker the chocolate the worse it is for your rottweiler. White chocolate isn’t as bad as plain coco powder, but both aren’t good for your rottweiler.A large amount can cause seizures, irregular heart function, and even death. Chocolate can cause your Rott to experience increased thirst, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, abdominal discomfort, muscle tremors, seizures, elevated body temperatures, and even death. Do not have chocolate in an accessible location for your rottweiler. If your rottweiler does ingest chocolate, contact a veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline as soon as possible.
#4. Cinnamon: Rottweilers shouldn’t eat cinnamon. While cinnamon is not actually toxic to rottweilers, it’s probably best to avoid it. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of rottweilers’ mouths, making them uncomfortable and sick. It can lower a rottweiler’s blood sugar too much and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, increased, or decreased heart rate, and even liver disease. If they inhale it in powder form, cinnamon can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, and choking.
#5. Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and Raisins have an effect on the rottweiler’s kidneys. If they eat either of these things it can lead to kidney failure. Some short-term symptoms you might see if your rottweiler ate raisins or grapes are vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, increased urination, which eventually leads to no urination. Long term effects can include kidney disease. Your rottweiler could die from eating grapes or raisins, so stay away from them.
#6. Bread Dough and Alcohol: As mentioned earlier, bread is okay for your Rott to eat. However, bread dough has live yeast in it, which can be very harmful to your rottweiler. The yeast will expand in his or her stomach causing a lot of problems. Yeast also turns into alcohol inside of your rottweiler and then your rottweiler becomes “drunk,” or intoxicated which can lead to a seizures or a heart attack.
#7. Garlic: Rottweilers shouldn’t eat garlic. Like onions, leeks, and chives, garlic is part of the Allium family, and it is five times more toxic to rottweilers than the rest of the Allium plants. Garlic can create anemia in rottweilers, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapse. Poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your rottweiler may have eaten some, monitor him or her for a few days, not just right after consumption.
#8. Ice cream: Rottweilers shouldn’t eat ice cream. As refreshing of a treat as ice cream is, it contains lots of sugar so it is best not to share with your rottweiler. Also, some rottweilers have an intolerance to lactose. To avoid the milk altogether, freeze chunks of strawberries, raspberries, apples, and pineapples to give to your rottweiler as a sweet, icy treat.
#9. Macadamia nuts: Rottweilers should never eat macadamia nuts. These are some of the most poisonous foods for rottweilers. Macadamia nuts, part of the Protaceae family, can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, inability to walk, and lethargy. Even worse, they can affect the nervous system. Never feed your rottweiler macadamia nuts.
Food Suggestion and Recommendation for Rottweilers
Healthy Rottweiler Foods is so important to watch what our rottweilers eat. Please make sure you keep these foods out of your Rottweiler’s reach. Do not leave your onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, chocolate, chewing gum, artificial sweetener packets, bread dough, or alcohol out where your rottweiler can get a hold of it. Do not leave them on your table, counter, or anywhere they can reach. Keep these items either in your cabinets or in your refrigerator. If you are not sure if a food is going to be poisonous to your Rottweiler, then do not feed it to them. It is not worth the risk of putting their health and potentially their lives in danger. If your rottweiler has ingested, or you fear they have ingested any of these poisonous foods listed, call your vet immediately, or take them to an emergency vet care facility.